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Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015

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The mission of the MHCC Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) program is to foster the education of individuals to become outdoor leaders, guides and teachers competent in providing an outdoor experience in various activities and environments.

The WLEE program provides students with opportunities to learn technical skills in climbing, mountaineering, high-angle rescue, kayaking, rafting, and more. In addition to the technical skills, students are given opportunities to practice leadership skills, as well as the concepts and theory behind adventure education.

The program curriculum provides opportunities for individual certifications in Leave No Trace, Swiftwater Rescue, Rock Climbing, Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche Training, Challenge Course Operations, Rafting, and Whitewater Kayaking.

The outdoor leadership practicum component incorporates leadership development, mastery of wilderness skills and backcountry expeditions under the guidance of qualified instructors.

Specialized training and experience is an asset for any job and a necessity for many jobs in the outdoor adventure and recreation fields. Employers are consistently looking for applicants who have demonstrated critical thinking and decision making skills, leadership experience, team building and group management skills while also possessing standard industry certifications such as Leave No Trace (LNT), Challenge Course Facilitation, Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Responder (WFR). An increasing percentage of the arts, entertainment and recreation industry is being captured by outdoor recreation.

Graduates of this program may find opportunities in adventure leadership programs, adventure and wilderness therapy programs, adventure travel and tourism businesses, college and university outdoor programs, commercial outdoor recreation businesses, ecotourism agencies, outdoor related publications, public and private school outdoor programs and outdoor retail operations.

The ideal WLEE student is one who has a passion for the outdoors and adventure. Students may be recent high school graduates, returning veterans or professionals who have already attained degrees who are returning to school to follow their life-long interests.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Comfortably and safely travel and lead in a variety of environments
  • Demonstrate Leave No Trace, Backcountry Travel, Challenge Course Facilitation and Wilderness First Responder skills, in accordance with industry standards
  • Plan, implement and evaluate high quality and safe adventurous learning experiences for others in a variety of activity areas
  • Identify and adhere to professional practices in the outdoor industry

The Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education program is a limited-entry program. Prospective students are accepted into the program after meeting the selection criteria for the program. Applications are available on our website at

It is recommended that students begin this program during the fall term; however, students may be allowed to take some courses out of sequence with instructor approval.

The WLEE program is an avalanche course provider for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and partner of Leave No Trace (LNT). In addition we offer courses through the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA), Rescue 3 International, American Canoe Association (ACA), Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC).

The MHCC WLEE program is a permittee of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. Hood National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and Oregon State Parks and Forest.

First Quarter (Fall) Credits
WL120 Introduction to Navigation 1
WL130 Backpacking and Camp Management 3
WL150 Foundations of Experiential Education and Leadership 3
WL186 Leave No Trace Trainer Certification 2
GEOG105 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
HPE285OL Wilderness Survival 3
Second Quarter (Winter)
WL289 Wilderness First Responder 4
PE185WBT Winter Backcountry Travel 1
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II or higher1, 2 4
WR121 English Composition 4
  Related electives3 3
Third Quarter (Spring)
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
ENG250 Introduction to Mythology 4
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
  Related electives3 3
Fourth Quarter (Summer)
PE280 Cooperative Education Internship – Physical Education4 2
WL271 Expedition Field Experience:
Backpacking5 or
WL273 Expedition Field Experience:
Whitewater Rafting5or
WL274 Expedition Field Experience: Mountaineering5 (select 2 courses)
Fifth Quarter (Fall)
WL110 Introduction to Challenge Course Facilitation 2
F240 Natural Resources Ecology 4
G201 Principles of Physical Geology 4
INTL101 Introduction to International Studies 4
  Related electives3 3
Sixth Quarter (Winter)
PE270 Introduction to Sport Psychology 3
GEOG106 Introduction to World Regional Geography       3
PSY201 General Psychology 4
SOC213 Race Relations in the United States 3
  Related electives3 2
Seventh Quarter (Spring)
WL272 Expedition Field Experience: Rock Climbing (2)
BI101 General Biology I: Introduction to
Cellular Biology6 or
BI102 General Biology II: Introduction to
Molecular biology and Genetics6 or
BI103 General Biology III: 6               
PS217 Introduction to Public Land Management: The Politics of Recreation 3
  Related electives3 5
 Total Credits 99

Related Electives
BA150 Developing a Small Business 3 Su, F, W, Sp
FT235 Outdoor Recreation 3 Sp
HE251 Wilderness First Aid 1 F
HT245 EcoTourism and Adventure Travel 3 Sp
PE185GC Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing 1 Su, F, W, Sp
PE185KY Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking 1 Su, F
PE185KYI Intermediate White Water Kayaking 1 Sp
PE185OJ Introduction to Mountaineering 1 F
PE185OT Snowboard and Ski: Backcountry Safety Skills 1 W
PE185RK Beginning Rock Climbing 1 F
PE185RKI Intermediate Rock Climbing 1 Sp
PE185RT Rafting 1 Sp
PE185RTI Intermediate Rafting 1 F
PE185SB Beginning Snowboarding and Skiing 1 W
PE185WTA Introduction to Water Sports 1 W
WL100 Wilderness Orientation 2 F
WL145 Avalanche Training: Level I 1 W
WL165 Alpine Rescue 1
WL177 Rock Climbing Rescue 1 W
WL178 Technical Rope Rescue – High Angle 2 F
WL182  Swift Water Rescue 1 Sp
WL245 Avalanche Training: Level II 2 W
WL295 Advanced Challenge Course Facilitation 2 W

1 Students intending to transfer to OSU should take MTH105.
2 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
3 See related elective list, be sure to check term offered. Related electives should be selected to prepare for Expedition electives.
4 Students must complete two credits of PE280. This may be completed as one–two credits in any quarter(s) that meets the student’s needs.
5 Students must complete at least two expedition courses. Most expedition courses will be offered summer term. Students should plan for expedition course prerequisite(s) by selecting related electives appropriate to the expedition courses of their interest.
6 This biology series teaches basic concepts through varying subject emphases. Each emphasis has a different course number. Students may select any variation of either BI101, 102 or BI103, except BI103E.

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